ATLANTIC CITY — One teenager is dead and another wounded after an argument Wednesday afternoon ended in a wild shooting on a city street. “One of them got on a bike, came right here, hit the kickstand, went to his pants and pulled out a gun,” said Thomas C. Green, who was at the shooting scene on Adriatic Avenue, next to the Union Baptist Temple. “Boom, boom, boom. It was something, I tell you. In broad daylight, too.”
The gunfire sent some of the teens running, while others just jumped down, said Green as he stood along Adriatic Avenue between Route 30 and Pennsylvania Avenue, one of two areas blocked off by police tape.
“One was limping, he ran across the expressway and got to the other side where the (water tower) is, and just fell to the ground,” he said. “Some of them were jumping over the fence, and some went the other way. There were five of them.”
More than 100 yards away, across a wide stretch of Route 30, a small park at Virginia Avenue next to the water tower was also surrounded by police tape.
Officers Julie Cash and Mike Batista were called to the scene at 2:58 p.m., police said, where they found the two teens shot. Both were rushed to the Trauma Unit at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center,
One, who was shot in the chest, died. He was a 13-year-old student at Pennsylvania Avenue School. The second was shot in the leg and is expected to survive.
No names were available Wednesday evening.
“I believe our worst fear as a community has come true today with the death of a 13-year-old,” said Councilman Marty Small, whose wife is principal at the Pennsylvania Avenue School. “It needs to be a wake-up call for everybody when a child can’t walk home from school. You’re dealing with a situation with kids that didn’t even make it to high school yet.”
Police Chief Henry White said there will be increased patrols at Pennsylvania Avenue School today.
Investigators are also looking at cameras in the area to see what was captured of the suspect or suspects seen fleeing the area, White said.
The homicide was the second in the span of an hour in Atlantic City, after a man was found stabbed in a condominium on Pacific Avenue. The deaths are the first two homicides of 2014 in Atlantic City, after the city saw a 30-year low in killings with three victims in 2013.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of today’s events,” Mayor Don Guardian said. “Any loss of life is always tragic, and I know our law enforcement agencies are working hard to determine what exactly happened.”
Anyone with information about either of the incidents is asked to call police at 609-347-5766 or Major Crimes at 609-909-7666. Information may also be texted anonymously to tip411 (847411) beginning the text with ACPD.
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